Labor & Delivery
To mothers, fathers, family and friends, it’s not just another baby, and the staff at Rooks County Health Center feels the same. The nationally acclaimed facility features two private labor and delivery suites.
Expecting mothers will have a physician onsite throughout their labor and delivery experience and the devotion of the entire hospital staff from doctors and nurses to lab technicians and kitchen staff.
RCH provides individualized care from natural childbirth to cesarean delivery. Parents enjoy a variety of birth plan options catering to their wishes yet capable of providing necessary medical intervention if needed. A number of traditional pain management procedures are available including nitrous oxide, which is credited for reducing anxiety and distancing the mother from labor pain mentally rather than physically.
RCH’s award-winning room designs include spacious Labor & Delivery suites accessorized with comfortable foldout beds for visiting family and private inflatable pool for mother. Soothing colors, luxury linens, and the privacy afforded by remaining in one room before, during, and after delivery, provide immeasurable comfort for mother and child during childbirth.
RCH’s Cocoon Project provides mothers, who deliver at RCH, and up to four additional care providers an Adacel vaccination free of charge. The Adacel vaccination helps support the immune system to fight against Pertussis (whooping cough). RCH Auxiliary also presents parents with the Halo Sleep Sack for the next step in infant safety.
For newborns who need extended care due to jaundice, RCH offers access to a BiliSoft Phototherapy System. The system allows parents to remain home to hold and bond with their baby while he/she is getting the interventional care needed to reduce their jaundice.
“Super quiet rooms! Loved the special meal after having the baby. Staff gave us privacy. Definitely recommending it to others. Loved it!”
“Absolutely loved my room! Many thanks to the doctors and nursing staff! You were all great and made the whole delivery process wonderful! Thank you.”
RCH’s private Labor & Delivery rooms include an ensuite inflatable pool for water birthing which encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby.
Speeds up labor
Lowers blood pressure
Promotes relaxation and conserves energy
Provides significant pain relief
Reduces the need for drugs or interventions
Reduces perineal tearing
Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and pushing.
FREE Child Birth Education Classes CLICK HERE
6:30 – 9 p.m. First Thursday of Each Month
Expectant mothers and their support person are welcome to attend Rooks County Health Center’s childbirth education class offered 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. This class is free to all participants.
Learn about the birth process.
Receive labor and delivery information including epidural and pain management options.
Learn about labor positions as well as breathing and relaxation methods.
Tour RCH’s labor and delivery suites and nursery.
Courtesy Doula Service
RCH recognizes the importance of the mother’s emotional support during labor, birth and postpartum. That is why RCH provides courtesy Doula services to patients who deliver at RCH with no out-of-pocket expense. RCH’s doula meets with the mother and her partner prior to the birth to create a birth plan and discuss any preferences, concerns, or needs. Studies indicate with a Doula present at birth, women experience 25% shorter labors, 51% fewer C-sections and results in healthier babies that breastfeed longer. Doula services include:
Assistance with birth planning
On-site support throughout labor and delivery
Helping with breathing techniques
Offering massages, reassurance and comfort
RCH”s Doula services are limited to a few newborns a month so contact RCH as soon as possible to take advantage of this service.
Courtesy Lactation Services
RCH provides courtesy Lactation Services from a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) for mothers who deliver at RCH. Services include prenatal consultations, postpartum assessments during the mother’s hospital stay, as well as support after discharge with no out-of-pocket expense.
At 36 weeks RCH’s CLC provides mothers with a basic overview of breastfeeding including infant feeding patterns, what a correct latch looks like, how to know if the breastfed infant is getting enough, and a breast anatomy assessment if desired. Following delivery, RCH’s CLC provides onsite support making sure the infant has a correct latch and that the mother is not experiencing any pain with feeds.
The first two weeks of breastfeeding tend to be the most challenging. RCH’s CLC offers follow-up visits and weight checks.
See Your Baby
RCH will allow birth photographers throughout labor and delivery once Covid restrictions have been lifted. Click here to share RCH’s Birth Photography Policy with your chosen photographer.